The 6 BEST 2018 Christmas Markets In Brisbane

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It's beginning to look a lot like you-know-what. And there's nothing to get you in the Christmas spirit like hanging out at some local markets to kick off your shopping.

Brisbane is brimming with great market options where you can listen to some great music, shop up a storm, and enjoy a bite to eat. If you're looking to keep the kids entertained as well, this sure beats a shopping centre. 

There really is nothing like the atmosphere of a market - and you can double that at Christmas time. The air is abuzz with Christmas cheer, and the children can feel the magic. 

Here are the best markets in Brisbane to get you in the yuletide mood.

Southbank Christmas Village

This is the official Christmas market of Brisbane city, and it's centrally located at Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank for nine days and evenings each year. It comes with the added bonus of being close to all of Southbank's attractions like Streets Beach, cafes and restaurants, and the cinemas, so it's even more enticing for the children (and you, who are we kidding?).

When: Dates TBC

Where: Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank

More info: Check the Visit Brisbane website


Brisbane Twilight Markets

In the heart of the city, and under Brisbane's massive Christmas tree and the lit-up Town Hall, the BrisStyle market is a joy. The stalls are all lit up and there's some great jazz music going on too. As an evening market this one might be a great opportunity to ditch the kids and enjoy some adult time, otherwise you could be hearing, "I'm bored; I'm tired; I want to go home," before you've bought a single present.

When: Saturday, 1 December, 4pm to 9pm

Where: King George Square, Brisbane City

More info: Brisbane Twighlight Markets website


QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market

If you like your gifts a bit on the arty side, you can’t go past QAGOMA store, located at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. The market has over 40 different stalls selling gifts from ceramics and textiles to a range of paper products – but you can be sure whatever you find here, you won’t see in the department stores.

When: TBC

Where: QAGOMA, Melbourne St, South Brisbane

More info: Christmas Design Market website


Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market

If shopping ethically is your bag, you can get everything you need at the Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market, and enjoy the silly season with a clear conscience. The fair trade market will feature a carefully selected group of stallholders, including Oxfam, Wanderlust People, The Woven Trail, and Siham Craftlink.

When: Saturday 24 November

Where: Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, Kessels Road, Nathan

More info: Queensland Fair Trade Facebook page


Cleveland Twilight Makers Market

The Cleveland Twilight Makers Market is on monthly, but it gets a special Christmas vibe at this time of year. Come along for over 60 stalls selling fashion, homewares and gourmet food. There’s also great entertainment on, and you can stroll along the Raby Bay boardwalk and enjoy the waterfront view.

When: Saturday 22 December, 4pm to 8pm

Where: Raby Bay Park, Cleveland

More info: Twilight Makers Market website


Brisbane Christmas Markets

This family-friendly market is not to be missed! You’ll find a range of local artists selling their handmade wares, as well as food stalls and craft workshops. And because it’s in King George Square, you’ll be doing it all under Brisbane’s enormous Christmas tree so you’re sure to be in the Christmas spirit. You can also get your obligatory annual photo with Santa here.

When: Saturday 1 December, 4pm to 9pm

Where: King George Square, Brisbane

More info: Brisbane Christmas Markets website

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Image credit: Brisbane Twilight Markets